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Target Tuesday: NASCAR 99

Neither Retro Gaming Magazine nor any member of our staff is associated with the Target chain of retail outlets. Michael just thinks this particular series of ads from the 90’s featuring “Respected coach and video gameologist Tom ‘The Thumb’ Blake” which ran in GamePro magazine was amusing. Thus we’re going to feature one every Tuesday for your viewing pleasure in an effort to put more smiles on more faces. This week’s games are NASCAR 99 and Madden NFL 99 for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Come back next week for a new ad featuring a different game, and a new tip from Tom!

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Qix, the Game Where You Are Defenseless Hits the Game Boy – Today in History – May 24th, 1990

Tell a modern gamer that you want them to play a game where they are completely defenseless against enemies.  Also mention that you have no weapons at your disposal, at all.  Then bring up the beautiful fact that you must somehow reclaim large portions of the playfield to move to the next level.  Yes, I am talking about Qix, a title that hit the Nintendo Game Boy today, 25 years ago.

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Possible Method of New Game Releases for Retro Video Game System Revealed

Check out our other article, here, if you are interested in the latest updates on the Retro Video Game System.  This article is going to be about one of the possible methods in getting new games to the fans of the Retro Video Game System.  In an interview with VentureBeat.com Mike Kennedy revealed their plan to have at least 12 new titles available at launch.  You may be thinking how the hell are they going to not only launch a new console but also have 12 original titles (possibly by a handful of developer/publishers) ready at launch?  Kickstarter.

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Rumor: Shovel Knight Could be coming to Retro Video Game System, RETRO Talks with Retro City Rampage

This is just a rumor at this point, though it comes from Mike Kennedy- the man behind the Retro Video Game System, in an interview he did with VentureBeat.  Shovel Knight is rumored to be possibly, somehow, coming to the Retro Video Game System, one of them could be a launch title.  There were talks with the developer of Retro City Rampage to bring it over but we have confirmed that is all that happened between the two entities.

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Two New Shooters on Track for Release on Sega Dreamcast – Ghost Blade and Redux 2

First up, for those screaming foul on the title to this article- Ghost Blade is back on track as a new programmer has been found that can handle the remaining work.  Ghost Blade is an overhead scrolling shooter in the style of Mars Matrix and other bullet hell style shooters that are popular for some reason.  Me, I prefer my shooters to have some semblance of strategy to them other than “avoid the millions of bullets coming your way”.  Anyhow, a new game is a new game and Ghost Blade, when it releases around September of this year, will be a new game- a new game that most people are either ecstatic for or are tired of hearing about.  Redux 2 is “the other” style shooter, a side scrolling affair similar to the classics such as Thunder Force III, Gradius, etc.

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Top Player’s Golf Raises the Watermark for Graphics, Sound and Animation on Neo Geo – Today in History – May 23rd, 1990

SNK, now SNK Playmore, were well versed in many genres of gaming prior to their launching of their own console.  The SNK Neo Geo was originally an arcade unit that allowed arcade owners to simply swap out cartridges, much like home consoles, and maybe just maybe swap out the marquee graphics (most just used the generic SNK graphics and only swapped cartridges).  This was a boon for arcade owners as they no longer had to purchase all new hardware, or often complicated to install JAMMA boards, when purchasing new games.  The only real downside to the Neo Geo was that arcade owners were stuck buying games from one source- SNK.  This was not really all that big of a problem as SNK made sure to offer many different titles across many genres.  Fighting, sports, brawler style fighting, racing, one on one fighting and more fighting games were all represented.  Golf was one of the genres that only one or two releases (there is a Frisbee game too).

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Atari Announces the Atari 7800 – Today in History – May 21st, 1984

We can sit here all day and play the “what if” game, especially when it comes to Atari and their antics throughout gaming history.  For one, their Atari 7800 console was announced today, in 1984 but wasn’t released till sometime in 1986.  How might things have been different had Atari launched, and pushed, the 7800 in 1984 rather than shelving it for two years?  What changed in that two years?  Well, Nintendo launched a little thing called the Nintendo Entertainment System in late 1985 and by 1986 had quite the hold on the gaming public.  Essentially Atari was late to the party with too little to show off when the 7800 hit, almost with a wet thud.

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Metroid to Receive Unofficial Prequel, Rogue Dawn, on Nintendo Entertainment System

To say that Metroid is a big name title for Nintendo is quite the understatement.  Metroid, while originally not a system seller, became just that by the time we saw the 16-Bit iteration and even on the Gamecube fans were still extremely interested in the adventures of Samus Aran.  Metroid: Rogue Dawn is a game hack work in progress that uses the original Nintendo Entertainment System game as its base.  Along with the MMC3 mapper, Metroid: Rogue Dawn expands and adds to the festivities.

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Mystery of Oak Island Kickstarter is a Success

The creators of Zak McKracken Between Time and Space, Visionaire Studios, are working on their next game, Mystery of Oak Island.  Our friends over at Indie Retro News covered Zak McKracken Between Space and Time here, for those interested in knowing more about it.  That Zak McKracken title slipped under my radar (there are only so many hours in the day) but it looks pretty awesome.  That is why I am so excited over Mystery of Oak Island as it is being handled by the same team.  That and I am harboring a huge interest in the whole Oak Island mystery- there is something going on there with the “money pit”.

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Target Tuesday: Mortal Kombat 4

Neither Retro Gaming Magazine nor any member of our staff is associated with the Target chain of retail outlets. Michael just thinks this particular series of ads from the 90’s featuring “Respected coach and video gameologist Tom ‘The Thumb’ Blake” which ran in GamePro magazine was amusing. Thus we’re going to feature one every Tuesday for your viewing pleasure in an effort to put more smiles on more faces. This week’s game is Mortal Kombat 4 for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Come back next week for a new ad featuring a different game, and a new tip from Tom!


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